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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917564/mind-the-gap-in-clinical-trials-a-participatory-action-analysis-with-citizen-collaborators
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Amy Price, Su May Liew, Jo Kirkpatrick, Jazmin Price, Taylor Lopreto, Yasmin Nelken
What are the strengths, gaps, expectations, and barriers to research engagement in clinical trials as communicated through social media? Clinical trials test treatments to provide reliable information for safety and effectiveness. Trials are building blocks in which what is learned in earlier research can be used to improve treatments, compare alternatives, and improve quality of life. For 20 years, the percentages of clinical trials volunteers have decreased whereas the costs of running clinical trials have multiplied...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917016/the-portapotty-experiment-neoliberal-approaches-to-the-intertwined-epidemics-of-opioid-related-overdose-and-hiv-hcv-and-why-we-need-cultural-anthropologists-in-the-south-bronx
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Brett Wolfson-Stofko, Ric Curtis, Faustino Fuentes, Ed Manchess, Alexis Del Rio-Cumba, Alex S Bennett
The following report from the field focuses on the authors' collective efforts to operate an ad hoc safer injection facility (SIF) out of portapotties (portable toilets) in an area of the South Bronx that has consistently experienced some of the highest overdose morbidity and mortality rates in New York City over the past decade (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2011, 2015, 2016). Safer injection facilities (also known as supervised injection facilities, drug consumption rooms, etc.) operating outside the US provide a legal, hygienic, and supervised environment for individuals to use drugs in order to minimize the likelihood of fatal overdose and the spread of blood-borne infections while reducing public injection...
December 2016: Dialectical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913502/mrd-in-aml-does-it-already-guide-therapy-decision-making
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Gert Ossenkoppele, Gerrit Jan Schuurhuis
Prognostic factors determined at diagnosis are predictive for outcome whereas achievement of morphological complete remission (CR) is still an important end point during treatment. Residual disease after therapy may reflect the sum of all diagnosis and postdiagnosis resistance mechanisms/factors; its measurement could hypothetically be very instrumental for guiding treatment. The possibility of defining residual disease (minimal residual disease [MRD]) far below the level of 5% blast cells is changing the landscape of risk classification...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908846/the-effectiveness-of-web-based-asthma-self-management-system-my-asthma-portal-map-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sara Ahmed, Pierre Ernst, Susan J Bartlett, Marie-France Valois, Tasneem Zaihra, Guy Paré, Roland Grad, Owis Eilayyan, Robert Perreault, Robyn Tamblyn
BACKGROUND: Whether Web-based technologies can improve disease self-management is uncertain. My Asthma Portal (MAP) is a Web-based self-management support system that couples evidence-based behavioral change components (self-monitoring of symptoms, physical activity, and medication adherence) with real-time monitoring, feedback, and support from a nurse case manager. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the impact of access to a Web-based asthma self-management patient portal linked to a case-management system (MAP) over 6 months compared with usual care on asthma control and quality of life...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907963/optimizing-medication-outcomes-in-neurocritical-care-focus-on-clinical-pharmacology
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Denise H Rhoney, Kathryn Morbitzer, Jimmi Hatton-Kolpek
Drug dosing in neurocritically ill patients presents enormous challenges for clinicians due to the complex pathophysiological alterations. These alterations are dynamic both between and within patients. Unpredictable exposure from standard dosing regimens, which were extrapolated to intensive care unit patients from healthy volunteer studies, may influence medication outcomes. Knowledge of potential alterations in pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics in these patients could be applied to maximize the clinical response and minimize adverse effects...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906600/role-of-polysaccharide-and-lipid-in-lipopolysaccharide-induced-prion-protein-conversion
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Carol L Ladner-Keay, Marcia LeVatte, David S Wishart
Conversion of native cellular prion protein (PrP(c)) from an α-helical structure to a toxic and infectious β-sheet structure (PrP(Sc)) is a critical step in the development of prion disease. There are some indications that the formation of PrP(Sc) is preceded by a β-sheet rich PrP (PrP(β)) form which is non-infectious, but is an intermediate in the formation of infectious PrP(Sc). Furthermore the presence of lipid cofactors is thought to be critical in the formation of both intermediate-PrP(β) and lethal, infectious PrP(Sc)...
December 1, 2016: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905697/management-of-infertile-women-with-pelvic-endometriosis-a-literature-review
#7
Elisabeth Guinard, Pierre Collinet, Catherine Lefebvre, Geoffroy Robin, Chrystele Rubod
INTRODUCTION: Endometriosis is a condition that affects women's fertility. Several mechanisms are involved in this process: anatomical changes, mechanical, immune or inflammatory factors, ovarian reserve alterations. There are different types of strategies to treat endometriosis-related infertility: medical treatment, surgical treatment and / or techniques of medically assisted procreation. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: We tried to consider various therapeutic strategies depending on the stage of the disease in order to offer appropriate management to patients with endometriosis who wish to become pregnant: we reviewed 58 articles between 1985 to 2016 searching in medline using the key words "endometriosis and infertility" and "infertility and endometriosis treatment"...
December 1, 2016: Minerva Ginecologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903114/a-quantitative-analysis-of-craniopharyngioma-cyst-expansion-during-and-after-radiation-therapy-and-surgical-implications
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Kelly Lamiman, Kenneth K Wong, Benita Tamrazi, Jason D Nosrati, Arthur Olch, Eric L Chang, Erin N Kiehna
OBJECTIVE When complete resection of craniopharyngioma is not achievable or the sequelae are prohibitive, limited surgery and radiation therapy have demonstrated excellent local disease control while minimizing treatment-related sequelae. When residual tissue exists, there is a propensity for further cyst development and expansion during and after radiation therapy. This can result in obstructive hydrocephalus, visual changes, and/or clinical decline. The authors present a quantitative analysis of cyst expansion during and after radiotherapy and examine how it affected subsequent management...
December 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900977/unconventional-strategies-in-the-battle-of-focal-and-segmental-glomerulosclerosis
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Satish Mendonca, R S V Kumar, Devika Gupta, Pooja Gupta, Satish Barki, M L Sharma
A 24-year-old male presented with classic features of the nephrotic syndrome. An initial renal biopsy revealed minimal change disease and thereafter, a second biopsy showed features of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis. There was no response to conventional immunosuppression, and the patient had to be given rituximab; in spite of this, he went on to develop end-stage renal disease. He continued to have heavy proteinuria leading to severe hypoalbuminemia, thrombosis, infections, and malnutrition, placing the patient in a life-threatening situation...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899223/-test-d-%C3%A3-valuation-des-membres-sup%C3%A3-rieurs-des-personnes-%C3%A3-g%C3%A3-es-%C3%A2-tempa-to-assess-upper-limb-activity-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Paula Ruiz de Freitas, Ana Elisa Lemos, Mariana Palla Santos, Stella Maris Michaelsen, Clynton Lourenço Corrêa, Alessandra Swarowsky
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional and observational study. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Assess upper limb (UL) activity limitations using the "Test d'Evaluation des Membres Supérieurs Des Personnes Agées" (TEMPA) in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) and verify its clinimetrics properties. METHODS: The following were evaluated: internal consistency, interrater and test-retest reliability; concurrent validity; convergent validity; know group's validity; minimal detectable change, floor and ceiling effects, and the relationship between UL activity limitations and the presence of freezing of gait...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894364/the-changing-landscape-of-oropharyngeal-cancer-management
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D Hamilton, M K Khan, J O'hara, V Paleri
BACKGROUND: Oropharyngeal cancer is increasing in prevalence in the UK and this is thought to be due to the emergence of disease related to human papilloma virus. METHOD: A literature review was conducted on the diagnosis and latest management of oropharyngeal cancer. RESULTS: In non-smokers, human papilloma virus related disease is thought to have better outcomes, but this casts doubt on previous research which did not stratify patients according to human papilloma virus status...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894310/monitoring-change-in-volume-of-calcifications-in-juvenile-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathy-a-pilot-study-using-low-dose-computed-tomography
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Maria Ibarra, Cynthia Rigsby, Gabrielle A Morgan, Christina L Sammet, Chiang-Ching Huang, Dong Xu, Ira N Targoff, Lauren M Pachman
BACKGROUND: Dystrophic calcifications may occur in patients with J uvenile Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy (JIIM) as well as other connective tissue and metabolic diseases, but a reliable method of measuring the volume of these calcifications has not been established. The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of low dose, limited slice, Computed Tomography (CT) to measure objectively in-situ calcification volumes in patients with JIIM over time. METHODS: Ten JIIM patients (eight JDM, two Overlap) with calcifications were prospectively recruited over a 2-year period to undergo two limited, low dose, four-slice CT scans...
November 29, 2016: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894216/bone-effects-of-canagliflozin-a-sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-inhibitor-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Thomas C Blevins, Azeez Farooki
Canagliflozin, a sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), lowers blood glucose by inhibiting renal glucose reabsorption and increasing urinary glucose excretion. It has been reported that SGLT2 inhibitors may have potential adverse effects on bone, including increased fracture risk and decreased bone mineral density (BMD). Across clinical studies, canagliflozin was not associated with meaningful changes in serum or urine calcium, vitamin D, or parathyroid hormone...
November 28, 2016: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893864/cost-effectiveness-of-the-one4all-hiv-linkage-intervention-in-guangxi-zhuang-autonomous-region-china
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Xiao Zang, Houlin Tang, Jeong Eun Min, Diane Gu, Julio S G Montaner, Zunyou Wu, Bohdan Nosyk
BACKGROUND: In Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, an estimated 80% of newly-identified antiretroviral therapy (ART)-eligible patients are not engaged in ART. Delayed ART uptake ultimately translates into high rates of HIV morbidity, mortality, and transmission. To enhance HIV testing receipt and subsequent treatment uptake in Guangxi, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) executed a cluster-randomized trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a streamlined HIV testing algorithm (the One4All intervention) in 12 county-level hospitals...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893020/assessment-of-the-euroqol-5-dimension-questionnaire-for-detection-of-clinically-significant-global-health-related-quality-of-life-improvement-following-functional-septorhinoplasty
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Jennifer C Fuller, Patricia A Levesque, Robin W Lindsay
Importance: Nasal airway obstruction is a common presenting complaint among patients in otolaryngology practices, and its treatment necessitates critical outcomes evaluation and cost-utility analysis. Objective: To evaluate the utility and applicability of the EuroQol 5-Dimension (EQ5D) global health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) questionnaire for the assessment of clinical outcomes in functional septorhinoplasty. Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective cohort study at a university-based tertiary medical center of patients undergoing functional septorhinoplasty for treatment of nasal obstruction...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891389/a-comparative-study-of-single-incision-versus-conventional-four-ports-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Ranendra Hajong, Debobratta Hajong, Tanie Natung, Madhur Anand, Girish Sharma
INTRODUCTION: Cholelithiasis is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract encountered by general surgeons worldwide. Conventional or open cholecystectomy was the mainstay of treatment for a long time for this disease. In the 1980s laparoscopic surgery revolutionized the management of biliary tract diseases. It brought about a revolutionary change in the basic concepts of surgical principles and minimal access surgery gradually started to be acknowledged as a safe means of carrying out surgeries...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890911/suprapedicular-foraminal-endoscopic-approach-to-lumbar-lateral-recess-decompression-surgery-to-treat-degenerative-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Ya-Peng Wang, Wei Zhang, Bao-Li Li, Ya-Peng Sun, Wen-Yuan Ding, Yong Shen
BACKGROUND To discuss the strategy of suprapedicular foraminal endoscopic approach to lumbar lateral recess decompression and evaluate the safety and effectiveness of this strategy. MATERIAL AND METHODS Complete clinical information of 52 cases of lumbar lateral recess decompression with therapy of suprapedicular foraminal endoscopic approach were analyzed during the period from February 2010 to April 2014 in the Third Hospital of Hebei. All patients were followed up for 24 months, and VAS, JOA, ODI, and LRD were compared between preoperative and postoperative therapy and changes of FA...
November 28, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890620/drug-induced-corneal-epithelial-changes
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Michael B Raizman, Pedram Hamrah, Edward J Holland, Terry Kim, Francis S Mah, Christopher J Rapuano, Roger G Ulrich
Drugs across many pharmacologic classes induce corneal epithelial changes. Many of these drugs have cationic amphiphilic structures, with a hydrophobic ring and hydrophilic cationic amine side chain that allow them to cross cell membranes. These drugs lead to intracellular phospholipid accumulation, often manifested in the cornea by vortex keratopathy, with no effect on visual acuity and few ocular symptoms. Other drugs, notably antineoplastic agents, produce a fine diffuse corneal haze, sometimes accompanied by decreased vision that can be dose limiting...
November 24, 2016: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890574/modeling-the-role-of-information-and-limited-optimal-treatment-on-disease-prevalence
#19
Anuj Kumar, Prashant K Srivastava, Yasuhiro Takeuchi
Disease outbreaks induce behavioural changes in healthy individuals to avoid contracting infection. We first propose a compartmental model which accounts for the effect of individual's behavioural response due to information of the disease prevalence. It is assumed that the information is growing as a function of infective population density that saturates at higher density of infective population and depends on active educational and social programmes. Model analysis has been performed and the global stability of equilibrium points is established...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889502/role-of-lamellar-hole-associated-epiretinal-proliferation-in-lamellar-macular-holes
#20
Roberto dell'Omo, Gianni Virgili, Stanislao Rizzo, Serena De Turris, Giovanni Coclite, Dario Giorgio, Ermanno dell'Omo, Ciro Costagliola
PURPOSE: To compare the morphologic and functional characteristics and response to surgery of lamellar macular holes (LMHs) with and without lamellar hole-associated epiretinal proliferation (LHEP) and standard epiretinal membrane (ERM). DESIGN: Retrospective observational case series. METHODS: Setting: Vitreoretinal clinical practice. STUDY POPULATION: Eigthy-four eyes of 84 patients. The included eyes must present an irregular foveal contour and schitic or cavitated lamellar separation of neurosensory retina on spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and an area of increased autofluorescence on blue- fundus autofluorescence (B-FAF)...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Ophthalmology
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